A Town Called Solace

A Town Called Solace

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"As Solace opens, we meet a Northern Ontario family in crisis: their rebellious teenage daughter, Rose, has disappeared. Weeks have passed with no word, but still Rose's little sister, Clara, keeps a daily vigil at the living-room window, hoping that Rose will come back. Feisty and fierce, Clara is not only missing Rose; she is also missing her elderly friend and next-door neighbour, Mrs. Orchard, a retired schoolteacher who is away in hospital. While standing at the window, Clara keeps an eye out for Rose and an eye on Mrs. Orchard's house. Then, one afternoon, a strange young man in a strange car pulls into Mrs. Orchard's driveway and proceeds to move into the house as if he owns the place. Which it turns out he does: Mrs. Orchard has died and left it to him. Soon we discover that Clara's beloved Mrs. Orchard has a complicated and tragic past, and the real mystery at the heart of this novel is what happened between her and Liam, the man in the car. Solace is told in three distinct, compelling voices--Clara's, Mrs. Orchard's, and Liam's--cutting back and forth to carefully uncover the layers of grief, remorse, and love that connect families, both the ones we're born into and the ones we choose, and steadily building towards an assured, heart-wrenching and (despite its losses) uplifting ending. A beautifully written, masterful, suspenseful and deeply humane novel by one of our great storytellers."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2021
ISBN: 9780735281271
Branch Call Number: F LAW
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 29, 2021

I loved this one, but then I've loved all her books. The storylines are always good and the characters very well-drawn.

debwalker Mar 22, 2021

Complicated families. Beautifully told.

Mar 09, 2021

Mary Lawson has done it again. Her new novel is another beautifully written story with characters you quickly come to care about, dealing with issues that are still timely even though taking place in the 1940s and 1970s. Though the issues are serious and there is suspense about how they will be resolved, there also is quiet humour in Lawson’s apt character descriptions and turns of phrase. Written from the points of view of the three main characters, the transitions are never jarring and the three points of view contribute to the richness of the stories being told. At only 292 pages, A Town Called Solace is a quick but full and satisfying read. Highly recommended.

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